Paul Morigi/WireImageBillboard‘s first-ever all-time recaps of its R&B/hip-hop music charts features a number of legendary names, albums and songs now ranked in the genre within the past six decades.
In the R&B/Hip-Hop Artists category, The Temptations have been dubbed the top all-time artist on the publication’s chart recaps within the genre.
The legendary Motown group earned 16 number one hits on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and fourteen leading tracks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
They also scored 43 top 10 songs in every decade from the 1960s leading up to the 1990s.
Aretha Franklin follows The Temptations at #2, and is also the top ranking female on the list, with Stevie Wonder at #3 and the top solo male.
James Brown and Michael Jackson round out the tally at #4 and #5, respectively.
As for Billboard‘s all-time R&B/Hip-Hop albums, Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking Thriller came in at #1. It spent 37 weeks at the top spot between 1983 and 1984.
The Black Eyed Peas‘ 2009 disc The E.N.D. sits at #2, with Jackson appearing on the list again at #3 with his 1979 project, Off the Wall.
Whitney Houston‘s debut album, Whitney Houston, came in at #4 and M.C. Hammer‘s third album, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, landed at #5.
Mary J. Blige‘s 2005 “Be Without You” is the number one track on Billboard‘s all-time R&B/hip-hop songs list. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ debut single, “Thrift Shop” and Usher‘s 1997 #1 single “You Make Me Wanna…,” Marvin Gaye‘s “Sexual Healing” and Deborah Cox‘s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” were #2, 3, 4 and 5.
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